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A quick gluten-free, Paleo side dish, Garlic Chive Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes comes together in less than 30 minutes and goes equally well with beef, pork, chicken, seafood, and plant-based entrees.

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So you’re going low carb or Paleo and you’re missing mashed potatoes? I don’t blame you one bit. While I can’t promise that these will taste exactly like mashed spuds, you’ll still get that familiar mouthfeel of potatoes in a Paleo-friendly side dish.

Garlic Chive Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes is a quick gluten-free, Paleo side dish that comes together in less than 30 minutes.

I’ll admit it – I love potatoes. There’s just something about them, and maybe it’s my Gaelic heritage. EJ, my French Canadian other half, doesn’t love them nearly as passionately as I do.

The problem, though, is that they’re really not good for you. And if you’re trying to eliminate or reduce carbs, they’re downright bad. Enter cauliflower … and cauliflower mashed potatoes.

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Whoever discovered all the things you can do with cauliflower was a genius, because I laughed the first time I heard about mashed cauliflower. How do you mash cauliflower?!

Truthfully, it’s not really mashed but pureed.

To make this, you’ll need a steamer basket and a pot big enough to hold it. You’ll also need a blender or food processor, because your potato masher just isn’t going to cut it here. (I know – I tried!)

Bring water to a gentle boil in the pot.

Cut up the florets of a medium cauliflower and place them in your steamer basket. Peel 2 or 3 garlic cloves and place them in the basket, too.

I spent several years working at a university kitchen, and I cut up so many cauliflower heads for appetizer trays. It was always fun to arrange the white cauliflower, green broccoli, and yellow carrot sticks! We never added garlic cloves, though – wouldn’t that have made for interesting faculty meetings.

Place your basket of cauliflower and garlic into the pot, cover, and steam until fork-tender. It will take about fifteen minutes.

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes might not be exactly like the real thing but they're still delicious

Transfer the tender vegetables to a food processor or blender and add olive oil, non-dairy milk, garlic powder, and onion powder.

We use Veggiemo, since it’s dairy free, plant-based, and doesn’t contain any of our allergens. You might want to use almond milk. Those who can have it say that it has a much nicer taste.

Season the mixture with salt and pepper, and then process until smooth and creamy. Taste, and adjust seasonings, if needed.

Transfer to a serving bowl and top with fresh chives before serving.

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Garlic Chive Cauliflower Mash


  • Author: Marie Beausoleil
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Side dish

Description

A quick gluten-free, Paleo side dish that comes together in less than 30 minutes.


Ingredients

  • 1 medium cauliflower head, florets only
  • 2-3 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 T. unsweetened non-dairy milk, almond or your preference
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped

Instructions

  1. Place the cauliflower florets and the garlic cloves into a steamer basket set over a pot of gently boiling water. Cover and steam until the cauliflower is fork-tender, around 15 minutes.
  2. Transfer the cauliflower and garlic to a food processor or blender and add the olive oil, non-dairy milk, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  3. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and process until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust the seasonings, as desired.
  4. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with fresh chives before serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4

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